The Dream Millennium
Ballantine, 1974. Novel, 79000 words.
White's working title for The Dream Millennium was The Star Shepherd,
which sounds like something from a flip-side of an old Ace Double
volume. But 'shepherd' would be a valid job description
for Dr. John Devlin, who flits in-and-out of suspended animation
to look after incessantly deep-frozen colonists fleeing the polluted
Earth. "And in that coldsleep, what dreams may come . .
." as the Bardmaster of Avon surely meant to put it. Devlin
runs the Jungian gauntlet from a Silurian trilobite's impersonal
extinction to the killing of a British soldier on some Belfast
back-street: "Very soon he was dead. But for him not
nearly soon enough . . ." (p.156). The starship computer
helps Devlin get through his 1,000-year trip -- trips, rather.
Synopsis by Graham Andrews
GALAXY October,November, December 1973
First Book publication:
Michael Joseph, London, 3/6/74
Transworld/Corgi, London, No 0552-10062-5, 65p, June 1976
Ballantine, NY, SBN 345-24012-X-125, $1.25, June 1974
Ballantine, NY, ISBN 0-345-30417-9, $2.50, 2nd printing, May
GOLDMANN SF hardcover, Autumn 1975 as Das Jahrtaussend der
Editrice Nord, Milan, 1977 as Il Sognio del Millennio
Goldmann pb No 23934, October 1978 as Das Jahrtaussend der